Lehigh Gap Nature Center

connecting people with nature through Conservation, Education, and Research

Upcoming events at LGNC:

Jun
24
Thu
2021 Ecology Camp
Jun 24 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
2021 Ecology Camp

Ecology Camp

Hybrid Format | June 22-25, 2021

Meet each morning at LGNC! Campers will…

  • Enjoy safe, socially-distanced outdoor nature explorations at the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn about birds, plants, insects, and other living and nonliving things
  • Receive a take-home kit with exploration tools and educational materials that campers will keep to continue their discoveries!

Continue exploring at home! Campers will…

  • Return home at 11:30 a.m. to investigate the day’s topic in their own backyard
  • Complete self-paced, inquiry-based activities and maintain a nature journal
  • Share their discoveries with Nature Center staff and other campers through an end-of-day virtual gathering!

Safety: In light of the pandemic, campers will remain distanced and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Masks will be provided upon request. Registration will be limited to 10 students.

Who is Eligible: Any student finishing grades 5-7!

Registration Fee: $80 per student. Financial aid is available upon request.

Schedule: The 2021 Ecology Camp will take place June 22-25. Daily schedule:

  • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at LGNC
  • Afternoon at home
  • 4:00 p.m. on Zoom

For More Information: Click Here!

To Register: Click Here!

Jun
25
Fri
2021 Ecology Camp
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
2021 Ecology Camp

Ecology Camp

Hybrid Format | June 22-25, 2021

Meet each morning at LGNC! Campers will…

  • Enjoy safe, socially-distanced outdoor nature explorations at the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn about birds, plants, insects, and other living and nonliving things
  • Receive a take-home kit with exploration tools and educational materials that campers will keep to continue their discoveries!

Continue exploring at home! Campers will…

  • Return home at 11:30 a.m. to investigate the day’s topic in their own backyard
  • Complete self-paced, inquiry-based activities and maintain a nature journal
  • Share their discoveries with Nature Center staff and other campers through an end-of-day virtual gathering!

Safety: In light of the pandemic, campers will remain distanced and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Masks will be provided upon request. Registration will be limited to 10 students.

Who is Eligible: Any student finishing grades 5-7!

Registration Fee: $80 per student. Financial aid is available upon request.

Schedule: The 2021 Ecology Camp will take place June 22-25. Daily schedule:

  • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at LGNC
  • Afternoon at home
  • 4:00 p.m. on Zoom

For More Information: Click Here!

To Register: Click Here!

Jun
26
Sat
Native Plant Sale
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Native Plant Sale

Looking to add some native blooms to your home garden? Maybe you’d like create new habitat for native bees, birds, and other wildlife?

Back by popular demand, LGNC will be hosting our annual native plant sale on Saturday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon! Select from an assortment of native wildflowers and other plants grown right in LGNC’s own habitat gardens.

The plant sale will be set up on the front porch of LGNC’s Osprey House. We kindly request that all who stop by the sale please wear a mask. Contact us at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 with any questions.

Jul
1
Thu
Nature in Art Online!
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Nature in Art Online!

Nature in Art Online for Kids!

Explore the art in nature through online art classes with Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s education team! Children ages 5-12 and their families are invited to make crafts from natural materials that they can find outside their homes. On a live, interactive Zoom class, we will guide participants through each craft, step by step.

Classes are FREE, but registration is required. Ahead of each class, we will publish a list of all materials (not provided by LGNC) that will be needed to complete the craft. The Zoom link will be shared with all families who register through EventBrite.

Thursday, July 1 (4:00-5:00 p.m.): Recycled Robots!

Have you ever wondered what to do with your home’s used cereal boxes, cans, bottles, and lids? Well, wonder no longer, because a recycled robot may be your answer! A recycled robot is made out of everyday materials that you would find in your house. The recycled robot is a great way to be eco-friendly and have fun with the whole family!
Materials needed ahead of class: various sizes and colors of plastic/metal caps; 2 toilet paper rolls; 3 metal food cans; 1 cereal box; old towel/shirt for weight for the cereal box; aluminium foil; printer paper; black marker/Sharpie; hot glue gun; tape; scissors; 2 pipe cleaners (optional)

Register here!

Jul
13
Tue
2021 Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp
Jul 13 all-day
2021 Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp

Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp

Limited In-person Format | July 13-15, 2021

Meet daily at LGNC!

In order to remain safely distanced, LGNC is offering two, smaller camp sessions this year. Sign up for either the morning (8:30-11:30) or afternoon (1:30-4:30) session.

Campers and their parent/guardian will…

  • Enjoy safe, socially-distanced outdoor nature explorations at the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge
  • Participate in a read-along story time with Nature Center staff
  • Learn about birds, plants, insects, and other living and nonliving things
  • Receive a take-home kit with exploration tools and educational materials that campers will keep to continue their discoveries!

Safety: In light of the pandemic, camp attendees will remain distanced and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Masks will be provided upon request. Registration will be limited to 5 students + parent/guardian per session.

Who is Eligible: Any student finishing grades K-2! All campers must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Registration Fee: $60 per student. Financial aid is available upon request.

Schedule: The 2021 Ecology Camp will take place July 13-15.

  • Morning registrants attend 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon registrants attend 1:30-4:30 p.m.

For More Information: Click Here!

To Register:

Jul
14
Wed
2021 Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp
Jul 14 all-day
2021 Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp

Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp

Limited In-person Format | July 13-15, 2021

Meet daily at LGNC!

In order to remain safely distanced, LGNC is offering two, smaller camp sessions this year. Sign up for either the morning (8:30-11:30) or afternoon (1:30-4:30) session.

Campers and their parent/guardian will…

  • Enjoy safe, socially-distanced outdoor nature explorations at the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge
  • Participate in a read-along story time with Nature Center staff
  • Learn about birds, plants, insects, and other living and nonliving things
  • Receive a take-home kit with exploration tools and educational materials that campers will keep to continue their discoveries!

Safety: In light of the pandemic, camp attendees will remain distanced and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Masks will be provided upon request. Registration will be limited to 5 students + parent/guardian per session.

Who is Eligible: Any student finishing grades K-2! All campers must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Registration Fee: $60 per student. Financial aid is available upon request.

Schedule: The 2021 Ecology Camp will take place July 13-15.

  • Morning registrants attend 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon registrants attend 1:30-4:30 p.m.

For More Information: Click Here!

To Register:

Jul
15
Thu
2021 Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp
Jul 15 all-day
2021 Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp

Budding Naturalist Mini-Camp

Limited In-person Format | July 13-15, 2021

Meet daily at LGNC!

In order to remain safely distanced, LGNC is offering two, smaller camp sessions this year. Sign up for either the morning (8:30-11:30) or afternoon (1:30-4:30) session.

Campers and their parent/guardian will…

  • Enjoy safe, socially-distanced outdoor nature explorations at the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge
  • Participate in a read-along story time with Nature Center staff
  • Learn about birds, plants, insects, and other living and nonliving things
  • Receive a take-home kit with exploration tools and educational materials that campers will keep to continue their discoveries!

Safety: In light of the pandemic, camp attendees will remain distanced and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Masks will be provided upon request. Registration will be limited to 5 students + parent/guardian per session.

Who is Eligible: Any student finishing grades K-2! All campers must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Registration Fee: $60 per student. Financial aid is available upon request.

Schedule: The 2021 Ecology Camp will take place July 13-15.

  • Morning registrants attend 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon registrants attend 1:30-4:30 p.m.

For More Information: Click Here!

To Register:

Nov
18
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2021-22 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

Until we can safely meet in person again, all Book Club meetings will take place on Zoom.

2021-2022 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

November 18, 2021: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 16, 2021: Have Dog Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto
January 20, 2022: The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
February 17, 2022: Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
March 17, 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Dec
16
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Stephen Kuusisto’s Have Dog Will Travel!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2021-22 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

Until we can safely meet in person again, all Book Club meetings will take place on Zoom.

2021-2022 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

November 18, 2021: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 16, 2021: Have Dog Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto
January 20, 2022: The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
February 17, 2022: Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
March 17, 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Jan
20
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Stephen R. Bown’s The Last Viking!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2021-22 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

Until we can safely meet in person again, all Book Club meetings will take place on Zoom.

2021-2022 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

November 18, 2021: Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 16, 2021: Have Dog Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto
January 20, 2022: The Last Viking by Stephen R. Bown
February 17, 2022: Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
March 17, 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Michal Kubik Memorial Fund

LGNC is pleased to launch a new Memorial Fund honoring long-time member and former Board President, Michal Kubik. If you have ever attended LGNC’s Migration Fest and other events, you likely remember Michal as the friendly reptile expert who always enjoyed showing his collection of snakes, turtles, and other live animals at the Osprey House. Michal loved to share his passion for the natural world with others — both as a biology professor and as an LGNC volunteer.
Michal’s family established the Michal Kubik Memorial Fund to directly support LGNC’s educational outreach. Donations to this fund will allow LGNC to carry on Michal’s legacy and carry out his commitment to education for years to come. Please consider making a donation at this link: http://bit.ly/LGNC_Kubik_Fund
2020 Nature in Art Virtual Show!

LGNC’s 2020 Nature in Art Virtual Show is now live!

Anita Collins has put together a virtual art show of all winners from past events. To view the show please Click Here!

LGNC Online Learning Series

Introducing a new online video series from LGNC!

While our in-person programs for schools and the community are on hold for the time being, our education team has been busy creating virtual education resources for all to use and enjoy! New videos are now being posted regularly to our YouTube page. In addition to species spotlights, we are putting together a variety of science lessons and virtual tours of the Refuge!

Here is the link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/LGNC_YouTube

Be sure to like our videos and subscribe to our channel!!!

LGNC Restoration Mini Documentary

Dan Kunkle's Retirement and LGNC Transition!

Thanks to Times News Lehighton for their recent article on Dan Kunkle’s tenure as Executive Director of LGNC! While Dan will be retiring at the end of this month, he will be joining the LGNC Board as Director Emeritus. Current staff members Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak will serve as Co-directors of the Nature Center beginning on January 1, 2020.

Click Here for the article!!!

Remembering Bill Mineo
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bill Mineo, one of LGNC’s founding members. We mourn the loss of this key figure in Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s creation and success. Click here for the Autumn 2017 Wildlife Activist  (#81) to read a recent Board member spotlight article on Bill. Also, click here to view Bill’s obituary. Our condolences to the family.
LGNC + Sun Club = Awesome!!!
Have you seen LGNC’s solar project on the Sun Club website?